Senior House Republican cautions GOP colleagues on shutdown
April 6th, 2011
03:01 PM ET
3 years ago

Senior House Republican cautions GOP colleagues on shutdown

Washington (CNN) - Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, cautioned fellow Republicans about calling for a government shutdown.

"My concern with a shutdown is what is our long term goal? What are we trying to achieve? If you're going to shut the government down you better be willing to achieve those goals," Simpson told reporters off the House floor. "If it is repeal Obamacare, do we think in two weeks or a month Obama's going to go – 'you guys were right, and sign onto it?' I don't think so. So you better look at what your goals are and what you're willing to accept or don't do it."

Simpson said House Republicans could push ahead with another short term spending measure to keep the government running past Friday. Senate Democrats and the President have already rejected a proposal GOP leaders put forward earlier this week that would fund the government for another week while also cutting $12 billion in spending.

House Republicans are meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss next steps and determine whether they have the votes to pass another short term bill if GOP leaders decide they want to pursue that option.

Simpson, whose committee is responsible for drafting the specific spending cuts, said he can't finish his work until Republican and Democratic negotiators agree on an overall amount.

"Give us a number, I don't care what it is, and we'll meet it." Simpson said, adding he was anxious to move past the fight over this year's bill to get to bigger cuts in next year's budget.

"We're cleaning up the mess that was left us. How we clean it up is not as important to me as what we do with the 2012 budget," Simpson said.


Filed under: Budget • Government Shutdown • House Republicans
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Biggge

    This is what happens when U make a deal with the devil, now Speaker Boehner is muddy water.. It hard working for the Corporate guys and working the the Tea party. Now the hate has spilled over to him....How does he look service men and woman in the face now, also the medicare cuts for the elderly.. Outragous, are we going to put the health of the elderly in the hands of Corporations.......How about we cut the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy that the Repub's push though....

    April 6, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Bill

    The GOP has already lost the battle for public opinion in this fiasco. Tea-baggers want to shut it down and party elders can not get throught to them. Having a little buyer's remorse folks? All of this nonsense will soon re-surface in campaign ads.

    April 6, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. JJ

    Finally someone on the right saying something reasonable.

    April 6, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. sharon

    If the gov. is shut down............then ALL the senators and reps need to go home without pay and any ins,etc.
    If they are NOT there to do the peoples' buisness...............then they do NOT need any support from the PEOPLE.
    Shutdown ?
    Shutoff.
    Go home. .............until the adults can show up and show out and get the PEOPLES gov. working .
    So......................sure , talk is big................now follow up big mouths, or shut up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    work...............WORK........................WORK.........................WORK.........................,
    or not, there will be another election.
    It is JUST around the corner.

    April 6, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Dave

    Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson: You just lost the tea party vote. All 60,000 of them. Fortunately you gained the respect of the majority of Americans for good old common sense.

    April 6, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    We know what your congressional leaders are trying to achieve .... by any means necessay ... and so do you. How many times have your own leaders say that Obama will be a one term president. What's the matter with you? You words are sane and reasonable.

    Did you lose your GOP playbook are something? If you did, then you know the punishment. Excommunication for the GOP, which isn't too bad nowadays. Before you leave though, slap some sense into some more of your colleagues.

    April 6, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    You are toast now Mr Simpson. You dare to even utter a thought contrary to the T-bag manifesto and the red-meat sheep will be screaming in unison "RINO RINO RINO." His comments show that there are some in the GOP that still use some of their brain for original thought. It's a dying breed since anyone not on board with T-bag ideology is a target but he should say "don't say I didn't warn you"

    April 6, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. kyle

    The GOP plan, shut down the Government again, destroy the economy again!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 6, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. gt

    most americans are in the 60/40 ... get along ,stop wasting money, protect us, and stop talking to much of our money...get out of 2 wars, and stop acting like either side has the right answers...Simpson is right on....

    April 6, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. Big John

    Put the Tea Party in charge. They'll abolish all government. Then we'll be back to hunting and gathering.

    April 6, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. willie floyd

    It's time for the "children" of the tea pty. to take their toys and go home. Come back, if and when they grow up, and can behave like adults. They know full well their "policy riders" will never make it through the senate, let alone expect the pres. to sign them. We will know the Reps. are serious about the deficit when they hit DOD, oil subsidies, and the tax breaks for the top 2%. Until then, anyone can see it's a game for them. Maybe it would behoove them to look outside DC to see what is going on with their newly elected Govs. and the vote in WI for a judgeship-not too great for the Greedy ole Pty.

    April 6, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    If not a grown-up, at least he can baby-sit the TP morons until enlightenment dawns and they start to look at meaningful cuts across the the board and close the ludicrous loophles that exist on the personal and corporate level. Until then, he's wasting his breath.

    April 6, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    Sounds like Mr. Simpson is scared. And he should be along with every other republican. Shutting down the government is dangerous and affects the lives of millions. Not to mention that you'll have alot of pissed off Americans if you shut down the government but, politicians continue to get paid.

    April 6, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. GOP = Greed Over People

    WARNING for you folks in the 25-55 demographics of the impending genocide of the elderly and YOU will be the elderly.

    Now that the CBO has scored Ryan’s “cause” you may want to pay close attention to what they say about his quest to save Medicare costs

    The good news it does save money for the taxpayer, bad news, you get to pay the difference.

    For example, let us say you are now a befuddled 78 year old with high blood pressure and a hearing issue(too much hip-hop in your younger days) and the monthly premium for 1 78 year old with pre-existing conditions is 1780 a month. You get a stipend of 1680 from SS and your 401K has now dwindled from that fat 100K to 15K. Your “voucher” assuming Congress is in a good mood that year when they were deciding the budget, is 750 per month. Zounds! My math shows you have 100 big ones to pay towards your Medicaid “voucher” so you can stay in the nursing home(sorry you have no surviving family and your spouse passed on because the “voucher” did not cover his/her “pre-existing condition). Not sure $100 is going to cover you Medicaid voucher(over half of Medicaid recipients are children and about a third are old folks in nursing homes), Congress was in a good mood that year but NOT that good of a mood.

    Oh, and did I mention the new GOP “cause” being pushed by Ryan, does nothing to close the donut hole that the GOP created for your meds?

    So, what to do?

    You get to answer that question, ‘cuz you see at 60 I got no dog in this hunt as I still get the “old” Medicare plan.

    So this will be your only warning as I am trying out this new GOP “christianity” of “I have mine so screw you”.

    I did not realize when we were supposed to "walk in the footsteps of Jesus" He meant to follow him and not step on the bodies of both the young and the old cast aside, while we pursued that the GOP's true God, the almighty dollar.

    April 6, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. juliei4

    There is only one group calling for a government shutdown and that is the Tea Party. And which group of people does the Tea Party have by the you know what? The GOP – no guts in that party to stand up to this extreme group. Does the GOP really think the Tea Party has any idea about how this will affect the economy? Not a snowball's chance in Hades but yet the GOP is willing to tow the Tea Party line.

    April 6, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. diridi

    learn from these bastards, GOP thugs....they are closing down the government.....wake up.....caste them out....

    April 6, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. Charlie in Maine

    The long term goal of the Tea party is the dismantling of our govenrment to a point where is becomes worthless. They won't stop until they have destroyed the middle class. They are funded by the top 10% of income recipiants (I was going to say earners but at the top so little is actually earned). Franly I can see why the very wealthy would support this effort, but how they have conned regular people to be part of their scheme is beyond me.

    April 6, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. Larry

    We need more rational Republicans like Mike Simpson.

    April 6, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    Sorry, Simpson. Boehner has one choice only if he ever intends on getting elected again: do what the TeaPers want. Many, many of us on the left predicted this would happen, but apparently winning at all costs was most important to GOPers, then as it is now. President Obama has, when needed, bucked his own Party when it was necessary to do so for the whole of the Country, and not just certain segments of it. Obama tried to met Republicans half way ... and as per usual, they stomped their feet, and demanded more. John Boehner is apparently not secure in the leadership of his own Party, and this does not bode well for America's future under his House leadership. TeaPers have only one purpose: to disrupt and destroy what little civility there ever was between the aisles in Congress. I fault GOPers for allowing this to happen. We do, in fact, need to all work together if we ever plan on accomplishing anything constructive, no matter the cost to the sensibilities of a small minority of trouble makers.

    April 6, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. Randy, San Francisco

    The GOP will regret not standing up to intimidation from thugs in the Tea Party. A federal shutdown will harm the economic recovery and stop vital services to seniors and veterans. Tea Party activists do not understand that we live in a democracy and not a fascist state. Compromise and a willingness to meet your opponent half-way is not always a sign of weakness or sell out. In a viable democracy with varying points of view, compromise may be the best course to get things done.

    April 6, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. jokerster

    Ya, ask Newt what happened to him after a government shut down!!!! People will be out to take these people out of office in 2012....grass roots tea party, WHAT A JOKE!!!!

    April 6, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. Clwyd

    The last time the republicans pulled this the American voter crucified them at the polls. Bring it on boy and girls!

    April 6, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. Former Republican, now an Independent

    A current day republican with some common sense. Unbelievable! He is certainly a minority amongst the neo-cons that now control the party.

    April 6, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. Russ

    Wow, a Republican that actually has some common sense. Probably will get black listed rather quickly though. The Tea Party will try to get him ousted.

    April 6, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared war on YOU!

    See, this is why the GOBPbaggers will wither and die within a generation or two: The clowns are too busy acting silly and the children are too busy whining when they don't get their way. The few sane adults remaining in the party won't stick around much longer.

    April 6, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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